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ERIC Number: EJ894143
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 55
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3257
Social Competence Intervention for Youth with Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism: An Initial Investigation
Stichter, Janine P.; Herzog, Melissa J.; Visovsky, Karen; Schmidt, Carla; Randolph, Jena; Schultz, Tia; Gage, Nicholas
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v40 n9 p1067-1079 Sep 2010
Individuals with high functioning autism (HFA) or Asperger Syndrome (AS) exhibit difficulties in the knowledge or correct performance of social skills. This subgroup's social difficulties appear to be associated with deficits in three social cognition processes: theory of mind, emotion recognition and executive functioning. The current study outlines the development and initial administration of the group-based Social Competence Intervention (SCI), which targeted these deficits using cognitive behavioral principles. Across 27 students age 11-14 with a HFA/AS diagnosis, results indicated significant improvement on parent reports of social skills and executive functioning. Participants evidenced significant growth on direct assessments measuring facial expression recognition, theory of mind and problem solving. SCI appears promising, however, larger samples and application in naturalistic settings are warranted.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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